Pros: Helps relieve aching muscles. Great for Relaxation!
Cons: Lousy hose set up, and the suctions cups are.... Grrrrrrr!
When thinking of a Bubble Spa one might think of a great big bubbling Jacuzzi
But when I think of my Homedics Bubble Spa I think of relief. RELIEF? You Ask????
It seems as though the cold damp weather has been cruel to me over the last couple of days. To my surprise I was fine one minute, and the next . I couldnt stand up all the way, and I certainly couldnt bend down. WHAT??? Cant stand up???? Ahhh, it will go away. I sprained my back 3 years ago, and I actually have not had a lot of problems since then, some discomfort now and then, yes, but other than that I was okay.
Out of the closet came my Homedics Bubble Spa. As Im getting it set up, (Which I could NOT do for myself since I cant bend over that low) I was thinking NOW well see if this thing really works. Dont get me wrong, I have used this before, but more or less for relaxation, and just to feel good. NOW I will be using this thing for a different reason. Could it possibly help my aching back? Well I can say that a bath does help, but the Homedics Bubbling Spa helps a whole lot more than your ordinary hot bath.
What does it come with?
Programmable controls inside of the main part which I call the Motor
A Roll-Up Mat
Long air hose that connects to the motor & the mat. (looks kind of like a vacuum hose)
Remote control, so you can sit back and adjust your settings without needing to even move. (talk about being lazy) =)
How does it work?
When setting up your bubble spa, its simple and really only takes about 2 minutes to do it. Your motor has little feet, and you can either set that on your sink counter top, the floor, on top of the toilet seat, or wherever is most convenient. You connect your hose to both the motor and then the other end to the bathmat. Your hose actually LOCKS into place when connecting to the motor, but when connecting to the bathmat, it just slides on. And if I could only tell you how many times its slipped off. I really feel that they should have made that same Locking type of thing on the bathmat as well. It would have been a good idea I think. Because if it werent for that, I would give it my complete thumbs up.
When you have everything set up, and you start filling your bathtub with water, you will be able to turn the power on. You have a couple of different settings to choose, You have three speeds, and three different programs, so you can enjoy a customized bubble massage just the way you like it, You also have a timer for 15, 30, or 60 minutes. (I have never used 60 minutes though) who can stay in the bathtub for 60 minutes? Youd need to refill your tub with NEW HOT WATER, wouldnt you think? Water doesnt keep its temperature while you are in the tub. The bubbles are indeed powerful, and the bubbles really really do bubble around you. (If you have any body fat, just watch and see what happens) ha ha .. This will only prove that the bubble action is powerful. This is a great alternative to actually owning a Jacuzzi.
My #1 gripe here is about the hose. It slips off the mat easily. When using, you have to be careful to keep your feet AWAY from it, or you may find yourself having to sit up, and locate the hose in the water, and reconnect it while its submerged under water. Not really a big deal, but a tad bit annoying. My #2 gripe here is that the suction cups that you have on the mat itself are dumb. Sure they are big blue suction cups, they appear to be a powerful thing, but . Maybe the first time you use the bubble spa they will hold with so much power, that when trying to remove them from the tub, you will end up pulling them right off the bathmat. (Thank God they can be put back on, but thats a big chore to do) But I have noticed that after using the bubble spa once (when the suction cups gave me fits to remove them) I notice now that they dont want to stick and hold at all. I honestly could care less. But if they are going to make them so they work, then they should work. If I get 3 out of the suction cups to hold its a miracle. Either way, the mat still works, and for the most part if only 3 suction cups are working, your mat is still being held on the bottom of the tub. Once you get in there and sit on it, it will be held down anyway, so its not really a big deal. But I just find that if they are going to have something there to do it, then it should do its job the way its intended.
The motor seems loud, and it does sort of sound like a vacuum cleaner that doesnt use a power nozzle, its just a sort of Hum!!! But I am not too bothered by the sound, because once Im relaxing in there, I dont even seem to listen, I just sit back and relax, and tune the noise out. (Usually Im reading anyway) but if you are a person who gets annoyed with the sound of a humming vacuum cleaner, then you wouldnt find this to be relaxing.
I can give you an estimated price, but not exact. I do know that mine was purchased at Bed, Bath & Beyond and given to me as a shower gift. The price was probably about $40.
The manufacturer suggests not using this with any sort of bubble bath, soaps, or bath salts. You know I am never one to follow the rules. I have used mine will ALL of these different things, and so far have had no trouble . The bathmat is plastic and as long as its blowing AIR OUT, how can soap or salts or such products hurt it? Its not like you are dumping these items into the motor, right? So I do have to say, they DONT suggest it, but . I do it anyway. I guess Im a rule breaker!!!
How has it helped me?
I have been in so many baths the last 2 days, and I can honestly say that between the bubbles and the massage options that this BubbleSpa offers, and the use of some Yardley Mineral Bath Salts. I can walk a bit better when I get out. Now thats a relief. Im feeling a bit better today, and I think that with a few more baths I will be on my way to a healthier back (Im hoping)
So go ahead.... give it a try..... try a bit of the bubbly! It's the next best thing that I can recommend if a Jacuzzi isn't practical for you! (I'd personally rather have a jacuzzi)